Lance Hool is no stranger to having a Plan B.
With decades in the film industry, he knows that a project rarely goes perfectly.
When the Santa Fe Studios CEO took the reins of the film “2 Hearts,” as director, he knew he wanted to film in New Mexico.
But it wasn’t in the cards.
“We were going to do it in Albuquerque, Las Vegas and all over the state,” Hool says. “The studio was full with other projects, and we couldn’t get in.”
Hool ended up moving production to Vancouver, British Columbia, because if it wasn’t going to be done in New Mexico, Vancouver was the place.
“The incentive is solid, and the dollar was strong,” he says. “It made sense to do it out there.”
The film was scheduled to be released on Sept. 11 but didn’t get a full theatrical run due to the pandemic. It is available on demand on some digital streaming platforms.
“2 Hearts” tells the story of two couples whose future unfolds in different decades and different places, but a hidden connection brings them together in a way no one could have predicted.
It is based on an inspirational true story that celebrates life, love and generosity of spirit, and challenges audiences to believe miracles are possible.
It follows Jacob Elordi as Chris, a college freshman whose love for a spirited classmate played by Tiera Skovbye helps him find the purpose he has been searching for.
In another place and time, Adan Canto plays Cuban exile Jorge, who falls for well-traveled flight attendant Leslie, played by Radha Mitchell.
Fate has something entirely unexpected in store for both couples that dramatically changes the course of their lives.
Hool says having to navigate a film’s release through a pandemic has been tough, but there’s a bright spot.
“The word-of-mouth recommendation is really strong,” he says. “As we lost theaters, we had to plan for a digital release plan. Universal is releasing, and it’s going out to the rest of the world.”
Hool was drawn to the story because of its message.
“It reminds us that life is precious,” Hool says. “We should all look at the miracle and pass it on, try to limit the negativity in the world.”
Hool is excited for more eyes to see the film now that’s it’s available for purchase and rental.
“I think the film turned out well,” he says. “It’s a departure from the action films that I’m used to doing. This one has heart.”
The production was a family affair, too.
Hool directed, while daughter Veronica co-wrote the screenplay with Robin U. Russin.
Brother Conrad Hool co-produced it.
Carla Hool, niece, was casting director.
James Jandrisch and Brett Hool, son, created the original music.
“It was a great opportunity to get us together and showcase what we do best,” he says.
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